joly being very closed-off when he gets to america. he keeps his head down, tries is hardest to look normal and speak normally.
he lives his life quietly, reading medical textbooks and faking birth certificates and lives.
one day, when he’s quite bored, he visits a local art show. there’s nothing really there, a few local “abstract” painter who’s paintings he stares at for minutes and doesn’t seem to understand
and then.. he pauses. he comes across a painting of the barricades. and his breath catches in his throat and he hasn’t said a word all day (that’s not unusual) but he can’t help but let out a “mon dieu” when he sees it
they’re painted like the artist removed the barricades from his dreams and printed it on a canvas. he’s frozen at this painting; this painting that is an exact replica of the barricades he fought on… the musain’s even there
and then, he notices the signature
Au where everyone’s reincarnations find each other again because of R’s paintings